Welcome to Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria has often been described as a miniature continent, thanks to its incredible diversity of landscapes and microclimates. At the same time, it offers an equally diverse choice of activities for holidaymakers, and has a capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which enjoys one of the best climates in the world, whilst also being a cosmopolitan and dynamic urban hub that offers a rich source of entertainment and interest for the visitor.
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The western half of the island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of 33 protected areas, ranging from golden sandy beaches to verdant forests of canary pine; to explore, simply follow the area's famous 'royal paths', which have been recently restored for the pleasure of walkers, and which form part of the cultural and historical heritage of the island.Elsewhere, Gran Canaria boasts many different beaches, such as the glorious long stretch of sands at Maspalomas stretching from Playa del Inglés to the foot of the dune desert on the island's southern tip. The Canarian culture is equally fascinating, and reflects an island nation always at one with an ocean which still works its magic on the many visitors who visit the island today.
Gran Canaria Holiday Highlights
The quiet southern beaches at San AgustÍn, Amadores and Puerto de MogÍn. The lively resort of Puerto Rico, where you'll find the best weather on the island. The lovely traditional villages of ArguineguÍn and Puerto de Mogán in the south of the island. Maspalomas - a popular beach resort located on the extreme southern tip of the island - famous for its sand dunes. Playa del Ingles - a popular resort great for shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife Whale-watching and dolphin-spotting boat trips. El Faro de Maspalomas (Maspalomas Lighthouse) on the southern tip of the island.